Supervisor David Campos went on the attack against board President David Chiu from the outset of Thursday night’s debate in the race for a state Assembly seat, as the candidates covered everything from Google buses to whether to let bars stay open until 4 a.m.A candidate's ability to raise funds is often used as an indicator of their strength in a election. According to David Chiu's campaign, he has raised over $450,000 just in the past three months and enjoys an early 12-point lead in a poll commissioned by his campaign. However, with 38% undecided and ten months to go, either of them could end up winning the seat. It is unknown what David Campos' fundraising totals are for the same time period, but the San Francisco Young Democrats, the organization that sponsored last night's debate, voted to endorse him over Chiu.
The CA Assembly seat they are both vying for is currently filled by Tom Ammiano, who is termed-out this November. The seat has gone through some renumbering and boundary redefining over the years, but before Ammiano, the seat was held by State Senator Mark Leno and former State Senator Carole Migden. If Chiu wins the seat, he would be the first non-LGBT person sent to Sacramento from the district since 1996, when Migden won the seat after Willie Brown let go his 30-year hold on it to become San Francisco's Mayor.